Phil Spector Definitive Collection Box set
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The Christmas album is included as a seperate cd which has been widely available for a few years. It's magic! Let your cynicism be blown away by the goddess Darlene Love.
However this is no easy thing to do and make it sound as wondrous a much of the material on here does. It could be a dicophonous disaster but Spector knew what he was doing and what's more he had the songs and the artists to pull it off. This is pop music so gaudily effervescent, so giddily emphatic that it makes even the lushest of contemporary music -Girls Aloud at their capricious best say- sound like Bonnie Prince Billy. Next to Spectors corpulent beauties virtually everything else is reduced to a size zero non-entity.
T o hear The Ronettes peerlessly perform "Baby I Love You" or "Be My Baby" is to hear pop at its zenith -so melodious and sonically impelling that you could be stood in the middle of a minefield, foot hovering over potential oblivion, and still become caught up in the song. The same goes for The Crystals "Then He Kissed Me" while "River Deep, Mountain High" is one of the most staggering moments of halcyon pop ...well ever. Tina Turner may have gone on to be a lumbering embarrassment but here she is incendiary.Read more ›
Buy while it's still on the catalogue. Bargain Spector compilations like this don't appear very often. You can, of course, buy the Christmas album on its own at any time, for not much less (and sometimes a bit more) than the price of this set.
Originally the Charistmas Gift LP was a flop in the States and most of the copies were returned to the warehouses then discovered in the 80s when the vinyl was going for silly money.Ha! Ha! Ha!
Phil Spector was a master copyist using everybody elses idea to make his mark in the music business.
Which is a plus factor in my opinion as I love copycats.
His original source for launching himself into the music business was the Aquatones-the first white doowoppers to use a girl lead.Ironically they have lasted longer than him and are now the New Aquatones after Lyn Nixon passed away and a new girl took her place who sounds just like her.
Anyway this led to the Teddy Bears and once they'd run their course Phil copied the Fleetwoods for the Spectors 3.
The first Crystals single was modelled on the Chantels but Phil was lucky with He's a Rebel when Vikki Carr's superior original was stolen by the man when it was a demo.Fortunately Vikki's original topped the charts in Australia.
On this CD is at least one rareity-Spanish Harlem-here we have Phil as a singer who clearly needs lessons from Fabian
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he changed the sound of music.even recorded the rollings do i need to say morePublished 14 months ago by michael cousins
If you remember this era this I recommend this compilation which includes Darlene Love, one of the 20 feet from fame heroines.Published 20 months ago by Blind Panic Jones
I had this on vinyl but lost it, l bought it again for my partner, she keeps playing it.Published 21 months ago by Rayzor
Before being known for his complete inability to handle firearms and bizarre court appearances, Harvey Phillip Spector was the one of the greatest record producers of his time. Read morePublished on 8 Sept. 2012 by RayRocks91
The best selection, including the Xmas album, absolutely brilliant wall of sound, shades of what Brian Wilson sought and occasionally found. One of the essentials.Published on 7 Dec. 2011 by stewart
Wallow in those fab days of the Wall of Sound from the rather odd Mr Spector. This is a great quality CD set, although unless it's Christmas you won't be listening to the CD 'A... Read morePublished on 22 Aug. 2011 by M. P. Campbell